ERIC Number: ED320305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Mandated Class Size and Available Classrooms: An Educational Facility Dilemma.
Lane, Kenneth E.; Prickett, R. L.
The call for limits on the enrollment of students in classes has continued to grow during the past decade despite questions regarding whether class size really makes a difference in instructional effectiveness. The purpose of the research reported here is to establish what the states have actually done to reduce class size in kindergarten through grade 6. Responses to a profile analysis assessment instrument sent to the state education agencies for each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands,, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are analyzed. Two tables show the caps on class size, the classrooms needed, the process used to determine the classrooms needed, and how the new classroom construction was financed. Of the 24 states with mandates to reduce class size, only three (Alabama, California, and South Carolina) conducted a needs assessment to determine the number of classrooms needed to meet the mandates. This study verifies the failure of the states to adequately address the issues of reducing class size as a means to improving student achievement. It illuminates the fact that states have passed mandates but have not conducted a needs assessment of the new classrooms required to meet the mandates. It verifies also that the local school systems are being held responsible for meeting the mandates in both policy and finance without state support in the vast majority of cases. (6 references) (MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).